Something spooky happens when you ask Google about Sen. Ted Cruz.
When you type the words, “is Ted Cruz the,” the first result search engine’s autofill feature suggests the Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate might be the infamous Zodiac killer.
Suspicions appear to have first been raised in 2013, before Cruz announced his presidential candidacy, but the rumors have gained steam as the conservative senator has established himself as a top contender for the GOP nomination.
#CPAC Alert: Ted Cruz is speaking!! His speech is titled: 'This Is The Zodiac Speaking'
— Red Pill America (@RedPillAmerica) March 14, 2013
Never mind that Cruz was born in 1970, nearly a year after the serial killer’s last victim was fatally shot in San Francisco.
The propagators of this Internet rumor say the evidence is hiding in plain site.
— Jim (@jimography) January 16, 2016
Ted Cruz was born in CALGARY. The Zodiac Killer's first two victims were named CAL and GARY. #ZodiacTed
— tyler (@ZeppoWilbury) January 20, 2016
movie fact: bill murray whispers "ted cruz is the zodiac killer" to scarlett johansson at the end of lost in translation
— adam (@burgerkrang) January 20, 2016
It doesn’t matter that almost none of the evidence piling up under the #ZodiacTed hashtag is in any way factual. There’s now a T-shirt advertising the theory, and proceeds benefit women’s health programs in west Texas.
— Kill Tim Faust (@crulge) February 18, 2016
Of course, there are naysayers.
okay the whole "ted cruz is the zodiac killer" thing really pisses me off he was born after the killings stopped gnight
— bry (@bryannafab) February 19, 2016
it doesn't even make sense that ted cruz was the zodiac killer. he was a little kid when that shit went down.
— #RDET (@RandoDaily) February 19, 2016
Some believe signs point to the suspicions becoming a political issue.
— Apsinthos (@YugeMilo) February 19, 2016
Fucked up that Ted Cruz, the Zodiac Killer, is still being allowed to run for President
— Sean (@bulkslabhead) February 19, 2016
The South Carolina primary will give us our first opportunity to see how Evangelicals feel about the fact that Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer
— Taber Andrew Bain (@taber) February 19, 2016
How many debates have we had and not a single question about whether Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer. Insulting to the American people.
— kept_simple (@kept_simple) February 19, 2016
The steady drip-drip-drip of evidence, coupled with Cruz’s continuing silence, has only raised more concerns that the 45-year-old presidential candidate may, in fact, be responsible for the string of killings in the 1960s and 1970s.
will ted cruz finally break his silence on the question of whether he is the zodiac killer? #zodiacted
— Adam (@adamdm4) January 20, 2016
I didn't think there was anything to these "Ted Cruz is the zodiac killer" rumors, but his ongoing refusal to deny it makes me think.
— Thierry Ennui (@Heisenbergkamp) February 14, 2016
i just want to know how many times the words "zodiac killer" have been spoken by senior cruz campaign staff in the last month
— Christopher Hooks (@cd_hooks) February 19, 2016
Ted Cruz would deny that he is the zodiac killer, but that's exactly what the zodiac killer would want us to believe
— Julian (@friendgolem) January 21, 2016
As bizarre as the whisper campaign has been, think of how weird it might be if Cruz is finally forced to confront the rumors.
Imagine if Ted Cruz actually had to say into a microphone "I am not the Zodiac Killer." That is the dream made real
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) February 17, 2016
if Ted Cruz has to deny he's the zodiac killer i will go to church
— LYDIA BURRELL™ (@LydiaBurrell) February 18, 2016